The Stag at the Pool

: Aesop's Fables

A STAG overpowered by heat came to a spring to drink. Seeing his

own shadow reflected in the water, he greatly admired the size

and variety of his horns, but felt angry with himself for having

such slender and weak feet. While he was thus contemplating

himself, a Lion appeared at the pool and crouched to spring upon

him. The Stag immediately took to flight, and exerting his

utmost speed, as long as the plain was smooth and open kept

himself easily at a safe distance from the Lion. But entering a

wood he became entangled by his horns, and the Lion quickly came

up to him and caught him. When too late, he thus reproached

himself: "Woe is me! How I have deceived myself! These feet which

would have saved me I despised, and I gloried in these antlers

which have proved my destruction."

What is most truly valuable is often underrated.